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Minnesota Center for Book Arts
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: MCBA is committed to book art, artists and appreciators. Our mission is achieved through quality programs that support a broad continuum of creators, learners and admirers. We lead the field by promoting innovation, sustaining traditions, educating new enthusiasts, inspiring creative expression and honouring artistic excellence. From the traditional crafts of papermaking, letterpress printing and bookbinding to new methods of art-making and communication, MCBA supports the limitless creative development of book arts.
Reviewed 10 August 2014

This non- profit is one of three businesses in a beautiful restored building near the Guthrie Theater. It is easy to get to by bus transit or there is an adjacent parking lot. Minnesota Center for Book Arts is a place for patrons of art in books to learn how to create and explore their own art. There are classes for teachers, camps for children, and workshops by artists and printers to name a few. The staff is warm and helpful- take a class or just drop in to browse the gift shop and have a tasty treat from the coffee shop.

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

While focused on book arts and well-known to traditional to avant garde book arts practitioners and collectors, MCBA is an excellent attraction for visitors of all ages. One of only three book arts centers in the country, its gallery and window exhibits show a range and variety of printing processes and crafts, book and neo-book and anti-book expressions, and unusual book/print related collections that only occasionally get this sort of attention and curatorial quirkiness at other galleries and museums. An expert faculty offers classes for beginners, families, and working artists on everything from letterpress printing to making pop-up books. We swing by several times a year for an opening or book release and always have a fun and rewarding time. How Jeff Rathermel (who is both executive and artistic director) keeps the place both anchored in tradition and unafraid of press freedoms you didn't know existed is remarkable. Check out their website for upcoming classes and events.

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Reviewed 31 January 2013

On a blustery day in January, I had the best time with friends when we met up at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The expert in bookmaking shared an abundance of diverse papers and demonstrated the quality and capabilities of each to fold into books popping out all kinds of surprises! After an intense hands on experience a few of us stayed for a book study over a light lunch. This museum showcase of printing and book assembly offers a specialized gift store ready to inspire the author in each of us.

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